How to do things with performance - in exceptional circumstances?

On this page the Academy of Finland funded four-year research project How to do things with performance? presents some material for the online version of Tutke Spring Days 2020.

This is a virtual installation of some projects we have been working on during 2016-2020.

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All texts and presentations between 2016-2019

Edition of 5.

Printed hardcover book.

Tero Nauha

Long Table. Performance SAR Zürich & PSi Calgary 2019. Mixed media.

The Wake. Performance at SAR Plymouth & Tutke Days 2018. Mixed media.

HTDTWP - joint publications

Performanssifilosofiaa - esitysten, esiintymisten ja performanssien filosofiasta performanssiajatteluun (eds.) Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen and Pilvi Porkola. Nivel 12. Teatterikorkeakoulu 2019.
online version

downloadable pdf version 

“How do we do things with performance?” Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola. Introduction to Ruukku - Studies in Artistic Research # 11  How to do things with performance. See
“Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä – tutkimushanke Sao Paulossa” [How to do Things with Performance – the research project in Sao Paulo] Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola. In Anna Thuring, Anu Koskinen and Tuija Kokkonen (eds.) Esitys ja Toiseus, Näyttämö ja Tutkimus 7, Teats Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2018, pp 204-214. See 

“Regurgitated Perspectives – Performance” Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola. In Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior, (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, University of Plymouth, April 11th-13th, 2018 pp. 299-311.
“How to do things with performance in relation to what is given?” Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola.In Ruukku Journal issue 8 (voices) 2018. 
“Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä – annetuissa (työpaja) olosuhteissa?”, [How to do things with performance – in given (workshop) circumstances], Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola. In TAHITI 3/2017, 71-86. See 

Pilvi Porkola (ed.): Performance artist’s workbook: on teaching and learning performance art: essays and exercises. THEATRE ACADEMY HELSINKI PUBLICATION SERIES, NRO 61.The publication is available online at

Kuuntele työryhmän keskustelu podcastit täältä

table with books and tablet for online publications

Kuuntele Kirjastoesseet #1 "Norsut piirretään usein luonnollista kokoaan pienempinä" (2016) tästä


Listen to the Library Essays#1 "Elephants are always drawn smaller than life" here

The last "revisit" to the sites of the video series Animal Years (2002-2014) performed and recorded on Harakka Island.

This video (40 min) is a compilation of the 4-channel installation Year of the Snake (36 min 30 sec) and the video Day and Night of the Snake (6 min 46 sec) inserted into a revisit on 4 February 2020 to the site where those videos were recorded in 2014. To the right is a brief version (18 min 47 sec) with only the screening version Year of the Snake - In the Swing (16 min 8 sec) inserted into the recorded revisit.

In the final exhibition a compilation of all or most of the essays will be on display...